are pieces of paper printed on one side, and they were issued to convey
messages. Usually published without illustrations or downplaying them in favor
of text and vignettes, broadsides were customarily posted in prominent locations
for as many people as possible to see. They promoted sales of countless forms of
merchandise, announced the arrival of new products, proclaimed when meetings
would take place, reminded their readers of current events, and served a host of
other purposes. Broadsides were an inexpensive way to reach a wide audience and
were a major instrument for communicating before the development of mass media.
Truly ephemeral in nature, broadsides were mostly intended for immediate use and
by Richard McKinstry - Ephemera
Society of America
The first printing of the Declaration of Independence was produced during the night of July 4, 1776, by printer John Dunlap.
Newspaper Broadside Filed in United States versus
United States. Circuit Court. Eastern District of
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The printed words of Thomas Cooper, editor of the
"Sunbury and Northumberland Gazette," used as evidence against
him in his trial for sedition. Within this document he dared to criticizes
the then President of the United States, John Adams. The text also
contains mention of Thomas Cooper's contacts with Joseph Priestley.
The case file from which these documents originate is also
referenced as United States versus Thomas Cooper, #21 April Session 1800.
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